But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 11:00

Gospel Wednesday | Mark 2

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imageLast week we began working through the Gospel According to Mark. This week, we’ll continue by working through Mark 2.

Mark’s Gospel Account begins rather quickly and is off to the races, so to speak, recording the great things Jesus did. Chapter 1 ended with the account of Jesus taking pity on a leper, touching him, and healing him.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 08:11

DiM | “Live On Forever” by The Afters Featured

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Today is “Discernment in Music” (DiM) day here at Faithful Stewardship (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV)).

January 12, 2016. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Live On Forever” by The Afters which currently sits at #16 on the 20theCountdownMagazine top 20 chart.

Today we get back to working through our original

Evangelical Worship Edition

January 11, 2016. In this edition we are going to be taking a look at the next song on the top new song list for 2015 found at Worship Together. Today’s song is “He Shall Reign Forevermore” by Chris Tomlin.

Chris Tomlin VEVO Lyric Video


Lyrics (via Worship Together)

Verse 1
In the bleak

Evangelical Worship Edition

January 8, 2016. In this edition we are going to be taking a look at the next song on the top new song list for 2015 found at Worship Together. Today’s song is “O Praise The Name (Anastasis)” by Hillsong Worship.

Hillsong Worship Lyric Video


Lyrics (via Worship Together)

Verse 1
I cast

Music has been the theme of this week, and will likely be the theme of 2016. For our first Friday Sermon of 2016, we’ll be going to the last episode of the Dividing Line with Dr James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries.

Dr. James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix,

Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:25

DiM | Expanding the Concept for 2016 Featured

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In reviewing the blog stats, feedback we’ve received throughout 2015, and the limited polling we did over the Christmas break, it was abundantly clear that we need to focus more on expanding our Discernment in Music (DiM) coverage. The problem of poor theology in music is far bigger than what we can cover in our small blog, but we can

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:39

Gospel Wednesday | Mark 1

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Welcome to our first Gospel Wednesday of 2016.

We’ll be starting the year off by working through the Gospel according to Mark. With only 16 Chapters, the Gospel according to Mark is the shortest of the Gospels and we’ll probably work through it in roughly as many weeks. As we work through the text, please remember that I’m merely

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 13:38

DiM | “Deliverer” by Matt Maher

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Today is “Discernment in Music” (DiM) day here at Faithful Stewardship (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV)).

January 5, 2016. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Deliverer” by Matt Maher which currently sits at #10 on the KLove’s top 10 chart.

Welcome to a new year and our first DiM post for 2016. Over

Monday, 04 January 2016 07:44

CTT | God’s Word for You in 2016

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Happy New Year 2016!

God’s Word for You in 2016 is the same as it has been since the second century A.D., namely the whole of scriptures from בְּרֵאשִׁית (“In the beginning” of Gen 1:1) to the ἀμήν (Amen of Rev 22:21).

Does God have a

Friday, 18 December 2015 11:03

Planning for the New Year

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2015 has been quite the year for our little family. As the year draws to a close, and we celebrate the incarnation of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ… I can’t help but wonder what 2016 will look like for Faithful Stewardship. As my wife and I work out changing schedules for the next year we are considering dialing back some of the

Today, will be our last Gospel Wednesday post for this 2015. We will be taking a break for a few weeks for Christmas and the New Year. The plan for now is to work through the Gospel of Mark for Gospel Wednesday and then, perhaps, work through the book of Revelation, but I’ll need to get a lot of studying done before that project.

Monday, 14 December 2015 10:31

CTT | Train Up a Child in Gender Roles Featured

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 With all of the craziness in the news and crawling across social media, it is tough to keep steady and steadfast without getting completely frustrated. Maranatha! Today, we will be addressing a relatively new cultural phenomenon and how Christian parents need to respond to the culture in a way that we haven’t had to in a long time. We need

Today, we are going to be listening to a fun interview with Steve Kozar by Pastor Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith. The interview takes up the first hour of this program. I recommend sticking around and listening to the second hour where Chris reviews a talk given by Alex Kendrick (part of the Kendrick brothers who produced War Room,

I apologize for getting this post published a day late. Today we’ll be looking at one of the minor prophets, Zephaniah. Since the book is a short book, I thought it would be great for us to read through the whole book together. I’m going to assume that most of you have never read through Zephaniah, much less with your mind on birth of

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 09:59

DiM | “Gospel” Grammy Nominations 2016 Featured

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December 8, 2015. With yesterday’s Billboard release of the Grammy Nominations for 2016, I thought we might take a look at the songs being nominated under the “Gospel” category. We’ll be taking a break on the DiM posts for the rest of the year. We’ll jump back into our DiM posts in January, 2016. I’m sure there

Monday, 07 December 2015 10:40

CTT | Considering the Nativity Scene Featured

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We decorated our front yard this weekend, complete with 2 displays, some ninja-bread men fighting and a nativity scene that only has Mary, Joseph, and a baby Jesus in Mary’s arms. We visited an Evangelical church on Sunday morning that was working through a video series in their adult Sunday school class. As I wrestled to fall asleep last

Today’s sermon comes from John MacArthur via Grace To You. The sermon was given on November 29, 2015. John MacArthur takes a look at Jesus promise to send the Holy Spirit so that He would remind His Apostles of all that Jesus had taught them, and indeed to guide them (and us by means of the Written Word) into all Truth. There is some

Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:29

DiM | “Real” by Nichole Nordeman

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Today we are doing a Christmas Edition of “Discernment in Music” (DiM), here at Faithful Stewardship (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV)). I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’d be addressing CCM radio stations’ treatment of the Gospel during this Christmas season, but I got distracted by this song so we’ll push

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 07:00

Gospel Wednesday | Jeremiah 33

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Last week, we looked at the story of Joseph and his life foreshadows the first advent of Jesus Christ. We shared an hour-long audio teaching from Pr Chris Rosebrough via Fighting for the Faith, so if you haven’t yet listened to that I encourage you to set aside some time to listen (Link). The week prior, we looked at how the story of Noah

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 06:00

DiM | “Be One” by Natalie Grant

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Today is “Discernment in Music” (DiM) day here at Faithful Stewardship (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV)).

December 01, 2015. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Be One” by Natalie Grant which currently sits at #15 on the 20theCountdownMagazine.

While we kept this song in the “middle ground” today, it

Monday, 30 November 2015 06:34

CTT | By His Wounds…

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Originally posted on Faithful Stewardship:

Today I want to take a look at the most commonly quoted verse with respect to praying for healing. The WoF teachers point to this passage as an unbreakable, unfailing promise of physical healing that we can proclaim and declare from Scripture “In Jesus Name”. Is that fair? Is that what this

 Today, will be our last post for this week. We’ll be taking a break for Thanksgiving through the weekend. Last week we took a look at the story of Noah and how it points us to Jesus Christ. This week we’ll be fast-forwarding through Genesis to the story of Joseph, to see how God used the life of Joseph to foreshadow Jesus Christ. For

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 07:50

DiM | “Alone (Feat. TRU)” by Hollyn Featured

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Today is “Discernment in Music” (DiM) day here at Faithful Stewardship (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV)).

November 24, 2015. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Alone (Feat. TRU)” by Hollyn which currently sits at #7 on the Air1’s Top 10.

We’ve covered all of the songs on the Klove top 10 and

Monday, 23 November 2015 06:34

A time of Thanksgiving in the U.S.

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Faithful Stewardship:

Yesterday marked our second year of blogging here at Faithful Stewardship. The Lord has brought us through a lot over these past couple of years, and we have been blessed. Today, I thought we’d revisit an old post. Even reading through this post, I see several things I’d write differently. Much of the pain and

Friday, 20 November 2015 06:52

Friday Sermon | Three Stages of Jihad by David Wood Featured

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 It’s Friday, and we’ve had quite the tumultuous week involving global terrorism, US foreign policy, the upcoming elections, and Christians sloppily slinging around references to “the gospel” as they try to out-moral-high-road each other in a social media piety-contest. Now some of it has been from well-intentioned